Who’s who in the office?
Maeve McBride, Director, email@example.com
Maeve is the Director for 350Vermont. She works on soup to nuts: grassroots organizing, event planning, outreach, fundraising, and operations. Maeve’s academic background is in river science & engineering, and she completed a Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering at UVM. Although she is still involved with river projects in the Northeast, she also is a devoted mom, climate activist, yoga teacher, gardener, and bike commuter.
Katherine Quaid, Assistant Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Katherine moved to Vermont from her home state of Oregon and has a background in social justice philanthropy and grassroots fundraising. Katherine is excited to be a part of the Vermont community and manages 350VT’s intern program and communications and assists in operations and fundraising. In her spare time, Katherine is learning to sugar, ride a bike, and grow her own food.
Lily Jacobson, Volunteer Coordinator, email@example.com
Lily is originally from the central coast of California. She has lived in Minnesota, Maine, Massachusetts, and an intentional community in Oregon, and has worked on farms and permaculture projects in Alaska, Ireland and the U.K., and Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation, before coming to Vermont in 2011. Lily has a background in ecological planning/design and comparative religion, and she is currently a student in the Leadership for Sustainability graduate program at the University of Vermont. Some of Lily’s other passions are making music, contra dancing, earth-based spirituality, and chocolate.
Jaiel Pulskamp, Field Organizer, firstname.lastname@example.org
From an early age, Jaiel Pulskamp, loved the outdoors. So it’s no surprise that she chose to become a farmer and works with 350Vermont as our (Re)Generate New Solutions Field Organizer. Jaiel is the owner of a small-scale organic fruit and vegetable farm, Kettlesong Farm in Worcester, VT and is excited to focus on building new alternatives to the fossil fuel industry.
Abigail Mnookin, Mother Up! Coordinator, email@example.com
Abby is excited to be organizing parents for climate action with 350VT’s Mother Up! project. She completed a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies and taught high school biology for many years before becoming a mom. She strives to integrate climate activism into her various roles, which include being an instructor at the Vermont Wilderness School, a regular commentator on Vermont Public Radio, and a birth doula. Abby lives with her wife and their two daughters in Brattleboro where they bicycle, upcycle, and pee-cycle.
Géraldine Vatan Jackson, Mother Up! Organizer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Géraldine is the Central Vermont Organizer for 350VT’s Mother Up! project. She grew up in France and now lives in the woods of Middlesex, with her husband and two young sons, in a timber frame that she and Josh built ten years ago. She comes from the fields of Literature, Linguistics, and Postcolonial studies, and has migrated to becoming a full-time home parent and educator. She is very excited to connect with other families to wrestle with climate change together in an active and hopeful way.
Dia Brown, Operations Intern
Dia’s love for the environment has been with her since she was a young child and has grown exponentially since then. At 14, Dia started the Crochet for the Bay, an environemal organization that crochets, knits, and sews items to fundraise for environmental conservation and restoration. Since, Dia worked for Patuxent Riverkeeper, assisting in legal work to prevent corporations from polluting the river, and at Our Common Calvert, an organization she helped start that teaches leadership through community service and educates on social issues. Dia is a first year at University of Vermont, majoring in Environmental Engineering. She is excited for what the future holds and thrilled to have a position at 350Vermont where her work means something. Dia will be joining our facilitation team in the summer but rejoining us back in the office this fall!
Julie Macuga, Extreme Energy Intern
Julie joined 350VT to help coordinate efforts to curb fossil fuel use in the state. She has volunteered with Protect Geprags Park since 2016 in efforts to put an end to the ANGP pipeline– doing everything from blocking construction of the pipeline and protesting TD Bank, to speaking at shareholders’ meetings and lecturing at UVM. In recent months, she has also been involved in the movement to prevent F-35 fighter jets from being based at Burlington International Airport. Julie believes in a non-violent approach to activism, with a strong emphasis on doing research before acting. She hopes to put her Environmental Studies degree from UVM to good use in her efforts to take on issues of climate justice. When she’s not writing or researching, Julie enjoys painting and bird-watching.
Kira Nemeth, Mobilization Intern
Hi I’m Kira! I was born in Florida, raised in Virginia and four other countries around the world. I graduated high school in France and moved to Vermont to attend the University of Vermont where I now study community and international development. I’m especially interested in sustainable development and strengthening community networks through outreach. In my free time I enjoy exploring downtown Burlington and on warm, sunny days you can find me at the beach.
Zelda Dively, Mobilization Intern
I am an incoming senior studying Environmental Engineering at UVM, with minors in both Mathematics and Green Building and Community Design. In the fall, I will also be starting an Accelerated Masters Program in Environmental Engineering. My upbringing in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont has nurtured a love and appreciation for the environment and its many resources. While my academic focus has been on ecological design and water management and treatment, my passion for the environment goes beyond that. Interning at 350Vermont this summer feeds into that and will offer up new and exciting experiences.
Who’s who on the board?
Patrick Flood, Chair
Patrick Flood spent nearly 30 years in Vermont state government including being commissioner of two departments and Deputy Secretary of the Agency of Human Services. He has been active in fighting climate change for over a decade and was one of the Vermonters arrested in DC in 2011 protesting the Keystone XL pipeline. Patrick lives in Woodbury with his wife, where he cuts his firewood, gardens and enjoys the magnificence of rural Vermont. He plans to do as much as he can to preserve that beauty for his children. Patrick is taking a step back from this work and KC will be acting as interim Board Chair.
KC Whiteley, Vice Chair
KC Whiteley is a long time resident of the Northeast Kingdom, now currently residing in Montpelier. After a long career working with child development and family support programs – like Head Start – KC is currently self-employed as a writer/editor/researcher and music columnist for Vermont Woman. She enjoys contributing her skills to projects and advocacy organizations that she cares deeply about and after a year of working tirelessly on the tar sands campaign has recently joined the board of 350VT.
Alex Messinger, Secretary
Brian is an activist and author, director of the Plainfield-based Institute for Social Ecology, and a lecturer in Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont. He is the author of The Green Alternative, Earth for Sale, and Toward Climate Justice, edited two books on the politics of biotechnology (Redesigning Life? and Gene Traders) and co-edited a recent collection, Agriculture and Food in Crisis: Conflict, Resistance and Renewal. He has been involved in a variety of energy and climate-related issues since the late 1970s and written widely on the politics of energy in the US.
Arthur is a photographer and videographer living in northern Vermont. He has been active with peace, justice, and environmental movements in various capacities most of his adult life and has been involved with 350VT since 2011. His primary interests, besides environmental activism, are kayaking, skiing, skating, yoga, art, photography, dance, travel, and mushroom hunting.
Nancy is the co-founder, owner, and buyer for Everyone’s Books in Brattleboro, a bookstore committed to social justice, diversity, and the earth. She has been active in the movement to close Vermont Yankee and is honored to be able to transfer those organizing skills to the movement for climate justice. She loves long walks, cross country skiing, biking, and lake swimming. She also likes to write for local media. Her goal is to work tirelessly to take power back from the terrible new regime in Washington, and preserve our beautiful world for her children, grandchildren, and the children of the future. Nancy is incredibly grateful for electric assist bicycle technology, which makes 6 months of bike commuting to work possible and wonderful.
Puja Gupta Senning is a psychotherapist in Burlington, Vermont. She comes with a background doing development organizing for the Vermont Workers’ Center. Puja has an interest in how cultures can change through grassroots movements.
Dylan moved to Vermont four years ago to attend Champlain College, where they studied Environmental Policy. Dylan’s career as an activist was born out a need to unlearn behaviors and attitudes associated with toxic “whiteness” and “masculinity” that they had downloaded from culture. Dylan soon became interested in using art as a way to learn about and advocate for intersectional justice. Dylan currently works at Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, where they coordinate social and energy justice efforts across the organization’s programs and services, business practices, and commitment to personal learning. Dylan is also interested in exploring ways to support Vermont’s farmers in creating economically profitable pollinator habitat on their properties. Dylan uses they/them pronouns.
Charlie Megeso, Photo and bio coming soon!
Brittany Dunn, Photo and bio coming soon!
David Bardaglio, Photo and bio coming soon!